overview and introduction
investing in the future of healthcare
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is committed to funding the most promising kidney disease research in the state of Illinois. By offering grants for basic, translational and clinical research in kidney disease to scientists and clinicians at various career levels, the NKFI seeks to advance treatment, improve the management of CKD, and ultimately - develop a cure.
In keeping with our mission, the NKFI prioritizes patient-oriented projects that will increase the understanding of kidney, urologic and transplantation-related diseases. The NKF, its affiliates, and divisions are leaders in research, and collectively are responsible for funding over one third of all medical research for kidney disease in the United States.
Resources for research are provided via our endowment, which is funded by the Tony Noel Memorial Research Fund, individual gifts, the Noel Foundation and select proceeds from Gift of Life Gala events.
To discuss research opportunities, or for more information
Please contact the NKFI's Programs Director, Rachel DePauw
email: firstname.lastname@example.org | phone: (312) 321 - 1500 ext. 258
research grants program
Research Grant for the Young Investigator
The NKFI Research Grant program funds young investigators who have research projects that will increase the understanding of kidney, urologic and related diseases and transplantation as well as improve the clinical management and treatment or cure of these diseases. Grant submissions are reviewed and selected by the NKFI Research Review Committee on an annual basis.
Letter of Intent Deadline: March 6, 2020
Application Deadline: May 14, 2020
Crain's Business article about 2013-2015 Young Investigator Recipient Dr. Jason Wertheim's research.
Medical Student Awards
The new Student Awards will give $3,000 stipends to up to three medical students for research projects over the summer. The research must be supported by a primary investigator, and the student cannot be the primary investigator.
Up to 3 awarded per year
Application Deadline: May 29, 2020
Congratulations to the 2019 winners!
Daniel Ahn, University of Chicago
Dorian Kaminski, Northwestern University
Valerie LeBleu, Northwestern University
Third-Year Fellowship Grant
This grant will give salary support to allow a third-year option for existing fellows. This grant will be of particular use to those in need of an extra year of research before launching their careers. We will require institutional investment in the fellow and no less than 75 percent dedicated research time for the awardee.
Letter of Intent Deadline: February 21, 2020
Application Deadline: March 27, 2020
The Innovations Grant
This grant supports and funds new, innovative applications, research, technologies, and other novel processes that lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions to improve the lives of those at risk for kidney disease and transplantation-related diseases, and/or improve the prevention, management and treatment or cure of these diseases.
This grant is open to innovators addressing all sorts of kidney and transplant community needs. Projects can be at various stages of the innovation process including identifying the need, increasing collective understanding of the issue, generating ideas or testing and implementing solutions. Proposals can focus on one area or span multiple stages.
This grant is no longer accepting applications for 2020.
read dispatches along the path to progress
Read stories from transplant patients, organ donors, and members of Team Kidney whose lives have been impacted by advancements in clinical research.